Reconsider your histories. We live in an age of holocaust deniers and the Da Vinci Code, the information age has become the age of fabricating the past. Reality has become something malleable, flexible to the needs and whims of whomever happens to be recalling what has already been.
"Fulcanelli's Shoes" is a response of sorts to this cultural phenomenon, by artist, composer and writer Ergo Phizmiz. Weaving a tale with one foot paddling in truth, and the other firmly embedded in lies, the piece presents a rewritten cultural history of the 20th century, presenting the relationship between the artistic and alchemical worlds at the beginning of the century as the catalyst for the creative, scientific and political revolutions of the proceeding times.
Discover how Jean Cocteau could travel in time; the secrets of the Large Hadron Collider; hear a genuine alchemical transmutation of base metal into gold; find out how anagrams built the universe; learn how to fix anything that is broken .....
Part lecture, part opera, part documentary, this is a uniquely 21st century artwork, bringing together strands of forms into a unified but scattershot form. Collaborating with film-maker Martha Moopette and performer Vulnavia Vanity, Ergo Phizmiz has created a truly experimental piece of anti-art, with the feel of something akin to being kicked in the face with a Ferrero Rocher boot.
Recorded live at Soundart Radio, Dartington, UK, February 5th 2011.
Written, Composed, Narrated & Produced by ERGO PHIZMIZ
Shadow-Puppets, Animation, Video editing, Consultancy by MARTHA MOOPETTE
Music based on themes by ERIK SATIE CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS CLAUDE DEBUSSY MAURICE RAVEL CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI EDVARD GRIEG FRANCIS POULENC IGOR STRAVINSKY GIOVANNIA BATTISTA PERGOLESI GEORGES AURIC
With film extracts from JEAN COCTEAU KAREL ZEMAN HANS RICHTER JOSEF VON BAKY MICHAEL POWELL & EMERIC PRESSBURGER SERGEI EISENSTEIN JACQUES TATI ORSON WELLES ALEXANDER CALDER FERNAND LEGER
* Used without permission, but lots of respect
"Barbette" performed by VULNAVIA VANITY
Fulcanelli's Feminity performed by MARTHA MOOPETTE
Sarangi performed by AMIE WILLINGALE
Foley contributions from THE TRAVELLING MONGOOSE
Mycology photographs by TRAVIS NOBLES
Live sound-engineering and introduction by MONKTON WYLDE
"The Man With The Glass Nose" and "The Flat and Round Painter"
Written by KURT SCHWITTERS
Translated by JACK ZIPES
* With the kind permission of Jack Zipes at Princeton University Press